Lord Carlile: EU division must not undermine unity in Iran nuclear talks (via Politics Home)

Lord Carlile of Berriew
Lord Carlile of Berriew

Liberal Democrat Peer and Co-chair of the British Parliamentary Committee for Iran Freedom (BPCIF), Lord Carlile, writes for Politics Home about the Iran nuclear talks in Brussels later this month:

On June 25, the member countries of the European Union will participate in a summit in Brussels. It is expected to be the scene of some energetic debate between the UK on the one hand and France and Germany on the other, regarding the future of the EU.

It is coincidental but significant that the meeting will take place so close to the deadline for the Iran nuclear talks, which are set to conclude on June 30. The UK, France, and Germany are collectively representing the interests of the European Union in those negotiations, alongside the US, with the additional participation of two relatively pro-Iranian powers, Russia and China.

Doubtless the EU will find time in the margins to discuss Iran.

Given the global importance of the Iran nuclear issue, it is important that whatever political disagreements occur between the EU3, as they are called, they do not present the Iranians with an opportunity to seize on them for their own advantage. Tehran has already had more than enough advantage in the talks, dealing as it is with soft negotiating positions and concessions on the part of the US. The regime in Tehran can smell weakness, and if there is any sense that the European powers are divided, the P5+1’s leverage risk to diminish still further.

The full article can be found here 

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